Samsung appeals against German court ruling

Samsung is appealing a decision by a German court to ban its tablet from sale in the EU.

The German court backed a claim by patent troll Apple, which insisted that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab looked too much like its iPad. It ordered the gizmos taken off the shelves.

It looks like Samsung is not taking that ruling lying down and has filed an appeal against a German court’s ban on sales of its Galaxy tablet computers.

The appeal, filed with a Dusseldorf court, follows a 9 September ruling upholding the temporary nationwide sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Apple has also won an injunction in Germany against the Galaxy Tab 7.7, the latest version with a smaller screen than the Tab 10.1 and the iPad. It forced Samsung to pull the product out of the IFA consumer-electronics show in Berlin.

At the moment, it is unclear on what basis Samsung is appealing. They might complain that the court was influenced by some dodgy photoshopping by Apple. Doctored photographs were presented to the court where the Galaxy tab was bent until it looked more like something from Apple.

Meanwhile, Samsung has also accused Apple of patent infringement in Australia.

James Chung, a Seoul-based spokesman for Samsung, told the Sydney Morning Herald the outfit had filed a claim in the Federal Court of Australia alleging Apple’s iPhone and iPad infringe seven patents related to wireless communications standards.

Apple has accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPad and iPhone. So far, its legal action has had more success than its attempts to deal with other Android competition in the market place.